NBA Picks: Friday Night Value Picks

Jordan Sharp

Friday, March 1, 2013 2:32 PM GMT

Free NBA picks for a few of Friday's biggest games. Find out where our handicappers believe that the best value lies for NBA bettors tonight.


It’s a busy Friday evening in the NBA, and I have a total of three NBA Picks for you this evening. Let’s take a look at some of the more valuable matchups for this evening.

Pacers vs. Raptors 

Both of these teams have been 'Under' covering machines this season, and it plays even better into the under tonight, as the Pacers will be tired coming off the back to back. As I’ve stated every time I cover the Raptors at home, teams do not play well at Air Canada Center, especially teams that played just last night.

The Pacers will have Roy Hibbert back tonight, which will certainly help out their defense, and as for the Raptors, they are 18-12 cashing the under this season when playing at home, while the Pacers have cached the under in 17 of their last 28 road games.

My Pick: UNDER 187 ½

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Rockets vs. Magic

A couple of injures have made this line slow to settle, but the NBA odds at one book has the line with the Rockets as -8 favorites, with a total of 212. Both Jeremy Lin and James Harden are banged up, but signs point to them playing this evening. I’m seeing a very up-tempo style game happening in Orlando tonight, which is why I’m on the over.

The Magic will have zero chance of stopping the Rockets, and with how fast they will be playing tonight, the Magic will have almost no choice but to play an up tempo style of game as well. While they have yet to play this season, the last two times these two have played, the total has gone over. I’m seeing a game well into the 220s tonight, no matter who is playing for either side.

My Pick: OVER 212

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Grizzlies vs. Heat

The marquee matchup for this evening is the Grizzlies on the road in Miami to play the Heat. The Heat are -8 ½ home favorites, and I am all over the Grizzlies taking that many points tonight. Of course the Heat are on a nice winning streak tonight, but this is trap if I’ve ever seen one. The Grizzlies are the best defensive team in the NBA, and they have had the rest to get them ready for tonight.

Remember, Memphis dominated the Heat in Memphis earlier this season, and I don’t care how much you tell me this is a different Heat team, this is a different Memphis team as well. Memphis is on a nice streak of their own right now, while the Heat have lost their last two games ATS after being big favorites in both. For the final of my free picks, I am taking the points; this game is going to be close to the end.

My Pick: Grizzlies +8 ½

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